Project Management Institute

Message from the Chairman

The Close of the Spring Board Meeting (1987)


Brian Fletcher Chairman, PMI

The close of the Spring Board Meeting is an excellent time to write a message. There is an air of enthusiasm which is infectious. Attendees are ready to dedicate their leisure time and bring with them new ideas and a willingness to consider other approaches. Moreover, they have a drive to accomplish things.

It is likely that a number of members are not aware of the Spring Board and Chapter of Council Presidents' meetings. In addition to the annual Board of Directors' Meeting, held immediately before the Fall Seminar/Symposium, there is a meeting at the mid-point of the year. The Directors meet in the city which is about to host the Annual General Meeting. One day of the Council of Chapter Presidents' meeting purposely overlaps the Board of Directors' meeting. With the influx of Chapters over the last few years the Council of Chapter Presidents stands at 40. On this particular occasion, the Midwest Chapter conveniently planned their March Chapter Meeting so the Directors and Presidents were able to attend a regular chapter technical presentation and dinner meeting. Three of the Directors (the Regional Vice Presidents) are in attendance throughout the CCP meeting. In addition, the Council heard addresses from the Vice President of Administration, Director of Certification, PMJ Editor, the Chairman of the Board and the President. A number of issues on which the CCP reached resolution were presented to the Board by the subcommittee members as recommendations for Board consideration and action.

The exchange of ideas among Chapter Presidents and Directors during the business day and the evening was excellent. The positive attitudes and the enthusiasm that prevailed throughout the meeting days were, as I have already said, stimulating. One cannot help but be impressed by the energy that seems typical of PMI colleagues from across the continent. Participants bring their own level of enthusiasm and creativity which in turn increases in committee atmosphere. The result of the whole is then greater than the sum of the parts.

Using this opportunity, here are some fo the more newsworthy topics that received attention this Spring.

Deliberation on Long-Range Planning topics was a prominent part of the business discussions. Committee work had been done in advance of the meeting, and comments on the initial groundwork had been solicited from Chapter Presidents-plus selected PMI members who had expressed an interest in Long-Range Planning matters. There was much food for thought. The widely varied comments do provide a good base on which to develop the next step in the long-range planning process.

With the certification program now established, and quietly gaining acceptance, the Board received advice from the Director of Certification or recertification and decertification. These were obviously topics not easily dealt with and it was readily recognized that more groundwork and further Board deliberations are needed before conclusions are reached on these very important issues.

Members' comments on the August 1986 draft publication of the Body of Knowledge had been received over the winter months. All the suggestions had been considered and reconciled so the draft, as modified, was adopted by the Board. This is certainly a milestone in the activities of PMI of which we are justifiably proud.

Volunteer members are the strength of PMI. More-formalized recognition for their efforts was another topic at the Spring Meeting. The definition of the committees on which members serve and the names of those who serve are published in the PMJ. National and Chapter officers, who are very much aware of the benefits of volunteers, acknowledge their efforts on our behalf. We believe it is equally as important that the membership also be aware of these continuous behind-the-scenes organizations.

Intersociety liaison received its fair share of debate. We have agreed to lines of communications with eight other societies who have members with similar interests to PMI. A new three-year agreement with AACE received the concentration of attention on this particular occasion. Meetings with AACE over the last year had served to define a number of areas of cooperative effort such as common terminology, joint publications, reciprocal registration arrangements at each other's seminar symposiums, etc. These are embodied in the agreement now receiving official signatures.

At each meeting, the Board receives reports by seminar symposium project team leaders. They were all good. I draw attention to just one of the presentations at this meeting for our 1987 Seminar Symposium. The Board and the CCP members now have advance experience of the Milwaukee facilities that you will be able to enjoy in the fall. The PMI ’87 team was the host for the Spring Meeting. Their organization is excellent. We sampled their hospitality and the experience, together with an excellent report, confirms that the October symposium is an event that you cannot afford to miss.

I am convinced that providing the forum for working together is an important first step. After this meeting I am even more decided that the energy of the volunteers is the real key to PMI's future success.

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